November 1, 2006
One million grains of rice or 595 (and 1/4) cows

If current trends hold, at about 3:00 Eastern time today, Too Many Chefs will receive its one millionth page visit.

To go from 0 to 500,000 visits, it took us just under 2 years. To double that, it's taken us only 9 months and a couple of days. It's clear that people want to eat well and that more and more, people are rejecting the notion that you have to go to a restaurant to get a good meal, or that the only food you can cook at home comes in a box or frozen package.

Thanks to everyone who's read, commented on, or suggested improvements to this site and of course to my co-authors, especially Meg, who's been the constant partner to this venture, and to the Redhead, who's been my constant partner in all my other ventures.

So just how much is a million in food terms?

You get about 210 pounds of meat out of a 300 pound side of beef, and with 2 sides per cow and a 1/4 lb of beef per burger you'd need 595 1/4 cows to make a million burgers. When I was a kid, I thought that if I won the lottery, I'd go to the local McDonald's to order and pay for a million burgers just to make the guy behind the counter have to go outside and change the sign.

Alternately at 228 grains of rice per teaspoon, 1,000,000 grains of uncooked rice is about 5.7 US gallons of the stuff or about 4.75 Imperial gallons. Anyone have any recipe suggestions using 5.7 gallons of dry rice? I feel a sequel to Black Bean week coming on...

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at November 1, 2006 7:19 AM Print-friendly version
Comments

Congratulations! That's a lot of viewers. I've only known about food blogs for a little over a month, but have checked out (lurked?) your posts at least once a week. Always interesting and inspiring. Keep it up. The next million in 5 months?

Posted by Elle on November 1, 2006 at 8:30 PM

But I wonder what percentage of visits is from spammers??
; )

Posted by Meg on November 2, 2006 at 12:01 PM

Spammer visits don't get counted because the counter lives on a page and they call the comment script directly.

So that's 1,000,000 legitimate page visits or about 30,000,000 hits if you include spammers.

Posted by barrett on November 2, 2006 at 1:01 PM

Not a blogger, just a lurker - but feel I should show up and thank you for keeping this place going

I bookmarked your site over 1 year ago, and check it regularly

Who knows, maybe I was lucky enough to be number 1,000,000?

:-)

Posted by SallyBR on November 3, 2006 at 6:33 PM

Wow! Congratulations! I just found your site yesterday and I've created a link to it on my little cooking blog. I'll be back often.
Kim

Posted by Kim H on November 4, 2006 at 4:16 AM

Wow! Congratulations! I just found your site yesterday and I've created a link to it on my little cooking blog. I'll be back often.
Kim

Posted by Kim H on November 4, 2006 at 4:20 AM
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